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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Your inbox is full or emails about how everyone is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s difficult to know what to read first, let alone what to read at all.

On this page we have put together some of the most relevant and helpful news, videos, and articles of matters that affect strata corporations, strata owners, landlords and tenants.

If there is important information we have missed, please let us know.

Social gatherings banned in B.C., masks required indoors

Social gatherings banned in B.C., masks required indoors

Public health orders limiting social gatherings indoors are now extended across B.C., and masks are required in all indoor public and retail spaces after provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a new slate of public health orders for the entire province Thursday.
The new health orders go into effect province-wide from Nov. 19 until Dec. 7 at midnight…
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$2,000 fines for hosts, promoters and organizers of large events

$2,000 fines for hosts, promoters and organizers of large events

The province says stricter enforcement is necessary because a small number of British Columbians have been disregarding public health measures and continue to participate in indoor and outdoor events that increase the risk of transmission of the disease. “We can’t let the bad decisions made by a few erode the progress that we have made together,”… [Continued]

Rent-Related Evictions during COVID-19

Rent-Related Evictions during COVID-19

on July 16, 2020, the provincial government released details of a repayment framework to be put in place later this summer. This framework is intended to assist tenants and landlords in anticipation of the ban on non-payment of rent-related evictions being lifted on September 1, 2020. Beginning September 1, 2020, tenants will be required to pay their monthly rent in full.

No winners between landlords and tenants during COVID-19

No winners between landlords and tenants during COVID-19

“I think what people often forget in this whole thing is landlords usually have only one or two investment properties … Most of the rules to protect tenants are to protect them against the big company that has 1,000 units and if 100 of them are vacant, they are going to survive no problem.” – Greg Bickert of Inspire Property Management

Fischer & Company: Collections During COVID-19 Health Emergency

Fischer & Company: Collections During COVID-19 Health Emergency

This month’s newsletter contains important advice about addressing strata fee and special levy arrears. This is an important subject for strata council’s and strata managers to be familiar. With the economic downturn and mass layoff we are all likely to encounter many owners struggling to pay their fair share of the costs to maintain the building and strata cooperation assets.

Limitation Periods Suspended During Pandemic

Limitation Periods Suspended During Pandemic

Limitation periods to commence court proceedings in British Columbia have been suspended, and statutory decision-makers have been provided discretion to waive, suspend or extend time periods related to their powers. This is good news for strata corporations concerned...

Province takes unprecedented steps to support COVID-19 response

Province takes unprecedented steps to support COVID-19 response

The Province of British Columbia has named property management an essential service, among many other vital service sectors necessary to support and maintain food, shelter, utilities, and health for British Colombians. With this classification our clients can feel comforted…

Fischer & Company Law Corp: Newsletter – March 2020 COVID-19

Fischer & Company Law Corp: Newsletter – March 2020 COVID-19

Update on Cancelling Meetings (The Covid-19 Corona Virus)
This Morning, the Provincial Government ordered the cancellation of all meetings with more than 50 people attending.That directive is binding upon strata corporations, and should be adhered to until further restricted…

Fischer & Company Law Corp: Newsletter – March 2020

Fischer & Company Law Corp: Newsletter – March 2020

Coping With Community Spread of Illness (The Covid-19 Corona Virus)
The corona virus outbreak may or may not prove to be a serious public health issue in Canada. However what is certain is that some owners will be nervous about attending general meetings if this or any other communicable illness is heavily…